“Overall it’s clear the author, a dedicated socialist, has a fundamental disagreement with our values and perspective,” Boyack told me in a recent interview. “When a socialist calls your free market literature a ‘cliché‐ridden [heap] of steaming garbage,’ it’s not a criticism—it’s a badge of honor you wear proudly. It means we’re doing something right to provoke this kind of ire from someone who sees liberty as ‘one of the most disgraceful political tendencies in the world.’”
The magazine took great care to craft its Tuttle Twins critique, including creating custom illustrations to match the style of Tuttle Twins illustrator, Elijah Stanfield, who the writer demeans and dismisses because he “produced campaign videos for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, in case you were thinking of letting him off the hook.”
The Tuttle Twins books take libertarian and free market themes and texts and make them accessible to children. For example, The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law incorporates ideas from Frederic Bastiat’s essay, The Law, and The Tuttle Twins and the Search for Atlas, highlights the message from Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged. There is even a book that illustrates the themes from FEE founder Leonard Read’s classic 1958 essay, “ I, Pencil.” The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil reinforces the economic principles of spontaneous order and human cooperation through trade—concepts the Current Affairs writer complains teach children “market worship.”
Boyack said that he was actually “impressed to see that they invested the amount of time they did” in developing their harsh Tuttle Twins review, rather than the cursory attack his books got from left‐wing media outlet, Salon, in 2017. These continued condemnations from the left drive Boyack to produce more content and to elevate the books’ reach. In fact, last week Newsweek reported that The Tuttle Twins content will appear as a new, animated video series produced by VidAngel in 2021, reaching even more families with fresh material on libertarian themes.
These themes are what the Current Affairs article calls libertarian “propaganda for defenseless kids,” while obviously not acknowledging that much of what today’s public school children experience in their classrooms is propaganda from the left. Indeed, as I recently wrote, the nation’s teachers’ unions have long been deeply connected to the Democratic Party and left‐wing ideology, pushing their progressive agenda in both politics and in the classroom. The Tuttle Twins books and curriculum offer parents high‐quality resources to provide their children with a broader perspective on political philosophy and economics.
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